Family IN Business Podcast

Family IN Business Season Two

How do family owned businesses navigate all of the changes that face them over the generations? Esther’s podcast with Kellogg’s Ward Center for Family Enterprises highlights how family business leaders have reflected on this question. Leaders of well-known family owned businesses like Radio Flyer, Pella Corporation, Kwik Lok, and Highlights for Children share how they navigate these business transitions not just as “family businesses” but as families who are in business—families determined to stick together. Listen to Season 1, as they share how understanding their own story has carried them through many twists and turns.

In Season 2, we focus on the theme of purpose: purpose that is inherited, purpose that is improvised, and purpose that is integral to managing changes well. Our guests and experts help us learn to find our purpose and then live it out.

Whether your business is navigating change or growing rapidly, we’d love to help you remain rooted in your story. Let us know how we can help.

Season 2 Guest Experts

Esther Choy Dave Evans
Dave Evans

Co-Founder,
Stanford Life Design Lab

Reena Kansal Rob-Lachanauer
Rob Lachanauer

Managing Partner,
BanyanGlobal Family Business Advisors

Jennifer-Pendergast Jennifer-Pendergast
Jennifer Pendergast

Executive Director,
Kellogg’s Ward Center for Family Enterprises

Brooke-Vuckovic Brooke-Vuckovic
Brooke Vuckovic

Clinical Professor of Leadership,
Kellogg School of Management

Dave-Whorton Dave-Whorton
Dave Whorton

CEO and Founder,
The Tugboat Group

Season 2: Purpose

6. A Hard Reset on Purpose for Family Business: Adam Farver of Pella Corporation

October 15, 2021
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6. A Hard Reset on Purpose for Family Business: Adam Farver of Pella Corporation
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It was a routine activity that led to a life-threatening accident, a coma, and multiple cranial surgeries. Adam Farver, Chairman of the Board and fourth generation of his family enterprise, Pella Corporation, found himself eavesdropping on doctors who doubted his full recovery. Faced with frightening questions about his future, Adam took stock of his life before the accident, consulting his late great-grandfather and grandmother’s wisdom: what would he do now?

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5. Embracing a Purpose You Never Thought Possible: Stephanie Jackson and Kimberly Paxton-Hagner of Kwik Lok

October 15, 2021
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5. Embracing a Purpose You Never Thought Possible: Stephanie Jackson and Kimberly Paxton-Hagner of Kwik Lok
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Along with their younger sister Melissa Steiner, Stephanie Jackson and Kimberly Paxton-Hagner are co-owners of their multigenerational family enterprise, Kwik Lok. If you’ve ever bought bread, tortillas, or apples in a bag, you’ve already used their product! Their grandfather, Floyd Paxton, invented the plastic closure tab that keeps food fresh and tracks the supply of many of our favorite foods.

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4. Walking the Walk of Your Purpose: Kent Johnson of Highlights for Children

October 15, 2021
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4. Walking the Walk of Your Purpose: Kent Johnson of Highlights for Children
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As the brainchild of Kent Johnson’s great-grandparents, Highlights for Children has been an explicitly purpose-driven company from its inception. A passion for serving, honoring, developing, and educating children informs every decision made in this family business. Purpose is so ingrained at Highlights for Children that the in-house newsletter is called “The Purpose,” and the company even has a Chief Purpose Officer!

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3. Improvising Your Way to Purpose: Enrico Leta of Vitalatte and Yorgus Laticínios

October 13, 2021
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3. Improvising Your Way to Purpose: Enrico Leta of Vitalatte and Yorgus Laticínios
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Enrico Leta expected to continue to lead and work in his family enterprise, a highly successful regional chain of high end supermarkets started by his Italian immigrant grandfather. But he did not expect that the second generation—Enrico’s father, aunts, and uncles—would decide the best future for their family business rested on leaving the third generation to find their own ventures.

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2. Creating a Thoughtful Legacy for Family Business: Meghan Juday of IDEAL INDUSTRIES

October 13, 2021
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2. Creating a Thoughtful Legacy for Family Business: Meghan Juday of IDEAL INDUSTRIES
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Meghan Juday is among the fourth generation of leaders in her family enterprise, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, an electrical and electronic manufacturing company. Currently the Chairman of the Board, she has faced challenges on a wide spectrum from the isolation of being a lone female Chairman to mitigating the shortage of trades professionals.

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1. The Messy Business of Family and Why It’s Full of Purpose: Chris Herschend of Herschend Family Entertainment

October 13, 2021
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1. The Messy Business of Family and Why It’s Full of Purpose: Chris Herschend of Herschend Family Entertainment
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Herschend Family Entertainment has a trademark: “Creating Memories Worth Repeating.” As the largest family-owned themed-entertainment company in the United States, you might think running the business is all fun and games. But as Chris Herschend explains, working cooperatively and productively with family can be difficult. 

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Season 1: Transition

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7. John Ward: “The Most Curious Person I’ve Ever Met”

January 11, 2021
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7. John Ward: “The Most Curious Person I’ve Ever Met”
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Leaders from five different industries share how Professor Emeritus John Ward influenced them and their family enterprises during their time at Kellogg and beyond. These five different impacts provide lessons that all family business leaders can leverage.

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6. Andreas Kuster: An Entrepreneur In Search Of A Family Business

October 22, 2020
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6. Andreas Kuster: An Entrepreneur In Search Of A Family Business
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Which is better, securing financial stability or building something in the world? For those with the entrepreneurial gene, the answer is always ‘building something.’ Good thing Andreas Kuster inherited this gene when he needed to revitalize Europe’s oldest cookie manufacturing company, Jakob’s Basler Leckerly.

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5. Anne Eiting Klamar: Being ME As A Family Business Leader

September 17, 2020
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5. Anne Eiting Klamar: Being ME As A Family Business Leader
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Anne Eiting Klamar had not been groomed to succeed her father in the family business. In fact, she embarked on an entirely different career. But when it turned out she needed to run the family business, she stepped into her father’s shoes. And she quickly found out they didn’t fit her.

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4. John Nelson: Family Business Or Family IN Business? That Is the Question.

September 14, 2020
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4. John Nelson: Family Business Or Family IN Business? That Is the Question.
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Through SEED Beauty, the Nelson family has disrupted both the traditional cosmetics company model and the notion of what it means to be a family in business.

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3. Todd Schurz: We’re All In This Together… Whatever ‘This’ Is

August 13, 2020
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3. Todd Schurz: We’re All In This Together… Whatever ‘This’ Is
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It’s extremely rare for a fifth-generation family business to still be in the same industry they started out in. So, how 88-year-old family business Schurz Communications left the traditional communications industry without leaving any of their family members behind.They have to pivot, but as they pivot, how do they make sure none of the family members get left behind? Todd Schurz of Schurz Communications describes his family’s successful transition to a new industry.

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2. Adam Farver: For Longtime Family Businesses Like Pella Corporation, These Are Not ‘Unprecedented Times’

July 20, 2020
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2. Adam Farver: For Longtime Family Businesses Like Pella Corporation, These Are Not ‘Unprecedented Times'
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No matter how often we hear the phrase “unprecedented times” in reference to the coronavirus, fourth-generation family business Pella Corporation knows that they have seen times like these before. Chairman Adam Farver has dozens of examples of difficult situations and market downturns. Family businesses will lead the way through this not-unprecedented crisis.

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1. Robert Pasin: Rethinking Radio Flyer’s Little Red Wagon Without Reinventing the Wheel

June 4, 2020
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1. Robert Pasin: Rethinking Radio Flyer’s Little Red Wagon Without Reinventing the Wheel
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Reviewers described Radio Flyer as “Americana on four wheels,” but just because it was beloved didn’t mean it would last forever.
Soon after joining his multi-generational family owned business, Robert Pasin learned the company was in trouble. Though the company hadn’t changed, consumer preferences had. How could they gain a competitive advantage without losing everything that made Radio Flyer an iconic part of Americans’ childhood memories? 

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Introducing: Family IN Business

June 4, 2020
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Coming June 14 2020 from Kellogg’s Center for Family Enterprises and Esther Choy at Leadership Story Lab, Family IN Business features stories of leaders, their families, and the family enterprises they transformed.
Storytelling is a great way to learn and be inspired. The stories you will hear from Family IN Business are the ones you can relate to, they might be battles you’re already fighting. These stories contain practical wisdom so that you don’t have to learn everything alone or the hard way.

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